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DIY hanging vases keep flowers safe from cat predators

DIY hanging flower vases.
DIY hanging flower vases. TNS

A vase of fresh flowers can speak many comforts.

I love you.

Feel better.

I’m sorry.

Cheer up.

Or even just, hi.

It brightens a room, sweetens the air and brings the hope of spring indoors, even on a gloomy day.

Unfortunately for me, a vase of fresh flowers also is an invitation for our cats to jump on the counter and behead the gorgeous blooms when we’re not looking. Talk about killing the mood.

I found an alternative, though, that protects the blossoms from feline murder plots: Hang the flowers out of reach.

Wrap jute twine or sisal cord twice around the neck of a clean glass jar, below the screw threads on the rim, and tie securely with a knot, leaving 8 to 10 inches of tails on the twine. A small food jar cleaned up and spared from the recycling bin works great; my favorite is a fancy maple syrup vessel. Fill the jar with 2 inches of water and a few stems and knot the rope tails together to hang from a hook on the wall (I used removable 3M Command hooks).

Sorry, kitties, you can’t get them now (although they do stare longingly at the wall, and I’m sure they’re devising a plan of attack).

Cat issues notwithstanding, a few jars of flowers hung around the kitchen make for elegant decor, especially for a spring dinner party, when a vase in the center of the table may just get in the way of food and conversation.